A Mother’s Day Bouquet to Die For

A Mother’s Day Bouquet to Die For

By Dr. Jeremy Campbell BVSc, MANZCVS (Feline Med) RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Feline Medicine) MRCVS

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and it is the perfect time to celebrate our lovely mothers and all they have done for us with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

These treats which spell happiness and brownie points from Mum could spell disaster for our feline friends if they choose to celebrate the day unbeknownst to you.

Flowers are always guaranteed to put a smile on mum’s face and the ten favourite flowers to give on her special day according to Interflora UK are; Carnation; Rose; Sunflower; Gerbera Daisy; Tulip; Violet; Orchid; Lily; Freesia and Alstroemeria. Of this list Carnations, Tulips and Lilies are all toxic in some way to cats.  Sometimes we want to give a gift that lasts more than a few days so we think a houseplant would be lovely; Crocuses; Cylamens, Hyacinth or Azaleas…….all toxic.

The big ones to worry about are those beautiful monsters of the Lilium family which includes Easter and Asian or Oriental lilies. These lilies are particularly toxic and are unfortunately present in a huge number in a majority of store-bought and designer bouquets. They are incredibly toxic to our cats causing acute renal failure and potentially death. All parts of the lily are toxic including the pollen, even the water they are sitting in is a source of danger. It doesn’t take much for an inquisitive cat to wander over and brush against these fatal floral fancies. Pollen on the coat, coat groomed, you understand how is goes.

Calla lilies are not the same family as above and while they aren’t fatal but can cause nasty stomach upsets and damage to the mouth – best to avoid.

Not on that list but also popular are Chrysanthemums, Amaryllis and Anthurium spp. and the humble but increasingly present Hydrangea…all toxic.

Toxicity signs vary from the severe organ damage and potential death (lily, crocus and azalea) through to vomiting, diarrhoea, excess salivation, depression, oral damage and inflammation of the skin (the rest).

Despite this list of belligerent blooms there still a huge array of beautiful flowers you can give mum or a loved one, it just pays to be in the know about what can cause harm to the other non-human members of your household.  If you are going to give flowers as a gift, dig a little deeper and find out if there are any furry family members that could become unwitting victims of a flower disaster.

A little bit of extra time spent organising the gift will be worth it when an incredibly thoughtful cat-safe bouquet arrives and remains proudly on display as opposed to fatal floristry being hastily whisked away into a cupboard out of harm’s way or worse removed to the bin.

Something that is often forgotten in that moment of intense excitement and the unwrapping is the numerous small strings and ties that are used to hold your bouquet together. These, particularly for a kitten or younger cat constitute the perfect toy, they are also the perfect size to swallow and potentially become stuck in the intestines– please remember to clear away all your wrapping and push everything deep into the bin…a small tie hanging over the edge is way too much temptation to resist and this will happily be ‘attacked’ and eaten.

For more information on these and toxic plants in general go to The International Cat Care website here. International Cat Care also have an active campaign calling for greater awareness of the potential toxic effects of lilies and clearer labelling for consumers here. Please spread the word.

If you think your kitten or cat has been exposed to a potential toxic flower or plant, even if you are unsure please call your veterinary clinic immediately.

Dr. Jeremy Campbell is founder of The London Cat Clinic, a feline only veterinary practice opening in May 2017. In 2015 he became a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Practitioner in Feline Medicine, 1 of only 15 people to currently hold that qualification in the United Kingdom.

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Book Mews: The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at the book The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris by R.F. Kristi.

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The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris: Enchanting New Book for Kids & Animal Lovers; Hailed “Fantastic!” by Critics.

Out of all pets, cats have a distinct personality and aura of seriousness that makes them some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. According to many cat owners, their pets always appear to be plotting something, including the leading felines in R.F. Kristi’s enthralling new book.

‘The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris’ is part one of Kristi’s new ‘Inca Cat Series’. Forget simple meowing – these cats have a crime to solve!

Synopsis:

Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheese monger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbor’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbor, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.

Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbor, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the diamond necklace and resolve Polo’s problems

Our over-all verdict: Animal lovers young or old will love this book and the adventures of the furry main characters! The fun stories that will keep you in their grip until the end are accompanied by brilliant illustrations such as the one shown below:

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We highly recommend this book for animal lovers of all ages. 🙂

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the UK (eBook) and here for Australia (paperback).
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:
David St John Thomas was a well-known writer and publisher. He established and ran David & Charles, the UK publishing house, for 30 years. David wrote over 25 books on a variety of subjects and well over a million copies of his books are in print. He also ran a charitable trust with the aim of assisting writers in their careers. And, naturally, a passionate cat lover!

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Thanks,

Marc

Charity Mews: Elderly Cat Finds Purrrfect Home After Waiting 21 Months

Hi everyone,

Today we have a heart breaking story from the Mayhew Animal Home.

Please do share with everyone to highlight the importance of neutering your cat and of course to watch out for poor abandoned and stray cats and kittens at this cold time of the year that might be in need of our support!

Elderly Cat Finds Purrrfect Home After Waiting 21 Months

An elderly rescue cat who waited nearly two years to be adopted has finally found a forever home to spend her twilight years in, thanks to The Mayhew Animal Home.

Beautiful 13-year-old tortoiseshell Rosie first arrived with The Mayhew way back in May 2015 after her previous owner sadly became too ill to care for her.

Heartbreakingly, as the weeks, months and even years began to pass, Rosie continued to patiently wait for someone to give her a last chance at happiness, and The Mayhew’s Cattery Team began to worry if anyone would ever adopt her.

The team suspected that the reason Rosie was taking so long to find a home, was purely down to her age. It can be common for older cats to be overlooked in favour of the younger felines, as unfortunately most people tend to gravitate towards the bouncy, big-eyed kittens.

The Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, said: “Rosie is a loving, gentle and affectionate girl – she is quite literally one of the sweetest cats we’ve ever had at our Home.”

“We believe that the only reason why it took so long for Rosie to find a home, was because of her age. We introduced her to a few people but no one showed any real interest and our hearts went out to poor Rosie that it was taking so long for someone to adopt her.”

“Sadly we find that older cats like Rosie can take longer to find homes, despite making ideal pets. Adopting a golden oldie can be extremely rewarding; older pets are often more settled in their character, and are calmer, cleaner and much, much less likely to scratch up your best furniture and climb up your favourite curtains. Plus, for the older cats like Rosie, it can sometimes be their last chance to enjoy the warmth, comfort and love of a forever home.”

Finally though, on the 6th February 2017, after spending a whopping 21 months in The Mayhew’s care, Rosie’s dream came true, and she landed herself a loving forever home. Having spent just under two years (that’s roughly seven cat years) waiting, Mayhew staff were over the moon that Rosie had finally found a home.

The Mayhew’s Cat Adoption Officer, Matthew Pearson, said: “We were so happy that someone finally came forward to adopt Rosie, after she waited for so long. She truly deserves a safe and comfortable place to spend her twilight years in.”

“Rosie’s owner is just perfect for her and we know they’re going to be very happy together. We encourage more people to adopt a senior pet like Rosie, as you could be giving them their last chance at happiness.”

Rosie has since settled in to her new home and although it took her a lot longer than most to be adopted – it was truly worth the wait, for both cat and owner.

Rosie’s new owner, Jo Binding, said: “Rosie has settled in very well. She is happy and content and loves coming to wake me up for cuddles in the morning. It’s like she’s always lived here!”

Everyone at The Mayhew couldn’t be happier for Rosie, and are so pleased to see her finally find the home that she truly deserves!

Every year The Mayhew’s Adoption Team rehome hundreds cats and dogs, like Rosie. It costs roughly £1000 to put an animal through their care from rescue to rehoming – please consider a donation to help them continue with their vital work for animals in need of some love. You can make an instant donation by texting “CATS27 £5” or your chosen amount (up to £10) to 70070 or by donating on their website: http://www.themayhew.org/donate.

If you are interested in adopting a cat, please consider a gorgeous golden oldie. To find out about adopting a cat in The Mayhew’s care, please head to their website www.themayhew.org/cats or call on 020 8962 8000.